Editor: I am a resident and landowner in Lucketts. I own the old Newvalley Church, an historic property on Newvalley Church Road located about a mile from the intersection of Rt. 15 and Stumptown Road, the center of the Lucketts hamlet. My family and I travel Rt. 15 daily. The developmental planning for Rt. 15 north of Leesburg directly affects me and my family.
I believe that widening Rt. 15 to four lanes to about Montressor Road would simply move the daily traffic jam from between Fort Evans Road and Battlefield Road to the area near Limestone School Road. You’ll be simply shifting the traffic jam north a few miles. By putting a series of roundabouts at Battlefield and Rt. 15, Kings St. and Rt. 15, Whites Ferry Road and Rt. 15, and, yes, at Stumptown Road and Rt. 15, it would allow a constant flow. Traffic would not move at 55 mph, but it might move at 40-45 mph, which is about 40 mph faster than it’s moving now at rush hour. It would be a constant flow to the Point-of-Rocks Bridge. What happens after that, we have little control of.
I know that putting a round-about at the intersection of Rt. 15 and Stumptown in Lucketts is blasphemous to many, but, to put a bypass around this area to the west simply moves traffic closer to residential areas and is, in my opinion, overkill. Take a close look at “downtown” Lucketts. Besides the Community Center and the elementary school, it is essentially an eyesore. You have the GasSmart Cigarette Outlet with adjacent decrepit trailer park, the antique shops on both sides of Rt. 15, that as much as we love them, probably couldn’t pass a current building inspection, and in 10 years will probably fall down of their own accord. Sorry ladies at the Old Lucketts Store, but saving your buildings by putting in a multi-million dollar bypass is crazy. I vote take eminent domain, purchase those properties, and put in a roundabout.
The roundabouts on Rt. 15 south of Leesburg at the intersection with Rt. 50, and the one on the Maryland side north of the Point-of-Rocks Bridge, have proven to be successful. This strategy implemented between Battlefield and Stumptown Road on Rt. 15 with additional safety features added to the existing single lane two-way highway, in my opinion, would provide a controlled, constant flow, north to the Maryland boarder. It might even put pressure on Maryland to improve the bridge and take out the traffic light at Rt. 15 and Rt. 28 in Point-of-Rocks on the Maryland side.
I’ve said my piece. Thank you for listening.
Bill Travis, Lucketts